Dutch fans were out in force at Zandvoort on Sunday to watch Max Verstappen in action – and the local hero didn’t disappoint, unofficially smashing the lap record at the former Grand Prix venue during a rapid demonstration run.
At the wheel of a Red Bull RB8 – the same chassis that Mark Webber raced for the first three Grands Prix of 2012 – Verstappen clocked the new marker in between a flurry of crowd-pleasing burnouts and donuts.
“It is super to be here and driving the Red Bull Racing RB8,” said Verstappen, whose crew had been a little concerned they'd run out of tyres before he ran out of enthusiasm.
“The V8-engine makes a nice sound - that always makes it extra special. It is a slightly different car that I am normally used to, but with a better sound, so that is also better to use here.
“I know from my Formula 3-period that Zandvoort [which hosted the Dutch Grand Prix 30 times between 1952 and 1985] is a great circuit. There is way more grip now with the new tarmac. It is more comfortable to drive on, because there aren’t that many bumps anymore, that’s very positive.”